Remember how awesome your first iPod was? You had a wonderfully sleek form factor in your hand: a personal portal to a digital music experience. Everything was great. Then, Apple came out with another iPod the next year. World=shattered. With every small (and sometimes major) update and change in Apple’s products from year to year, the devices seem to get even more enticing. How can something that looked like the epitome of new and great at Christmastime be suddenly ugly and archaic come April? Apple (and their consumer research divisions) have that answer; I don’t.
Apple isn’t alone in announcing product-line refreshes and updates that make the old seem obsolete. Thankfully though, Korg waited much longer than 12 months in between releasing the mini Kaossilator 1 and 2, but by Gods is that 2nd interation beautiful. In case you’re not familiar with the previous version (the suddenly uncool model I purchase a little over a year ago), check out this picture below.
Ok, so maybe this is a much more drastic redesign than Apple employs year to year, and the features have greatly improved to boot! Korg has this to say about the Kaosillator 2 on their product info page:
Boasting a supercharged sound generator, Kaossilator 2 delivers excellent synth and drum sounds spanning a wide range of genres, plus dramatically expanded loop recording. Use the internal mic to record guitar, vocal, or other audio source – just as with a looper effect. The Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display provides superb visibility. Add to that a touch slider for ease of use, microSD card data saving, plus a built-in speaker and battery power. All of these features reflect the enhancements incorporated into the sleek and exciting Kaossilator 2.
So what exactly is new on this model you ask? A whole metric shit-load of things that you didn’t get when buying the first model: microSD card slot, built-in speaker and mic, a display that shows you actual words as opposed to just 3 characters, a fancy touch-slider volume control, and better sounds in general. So basically, everything Korg mentioned above is NEW! unlike Apple, Korg believes that they should offer consumers more than a sexy redesign when asking them to buy a subsequent generation of a product they already own. At Korg, 2nd Gen evidently means the product will get features the consumers actually want. Check out this video below where you can see the Kaosillator 2 in action. At about 2 minutes in, you’ll see them actually feeding a guitar input into this thing to allow it to be looped into the mix: something you definitely couldn’t do with the first release. Korg also has a matching update of it’s mini Kaoss Pad 3, the effects processor and sampler, but really, you should get the full-sized and full-feature version of the Kaoss Pad. Trust me.